Dear sir;- I write in support of Armley councillor Lou Cunningham who has decided to join the Green Party and no longer represent the Labour Party (WLD, 17 December 2022).
A councillor’s job is to represent their community and its electorate and political parties are a means to an end. They’re not sports teams or religions that can command unthinking loyalty.
The Labour Party unfortunately behaves as if it and it alone is the only vehicle by which the laudable aims of social justice and greater equality can be created.
Many members are obsessed with the internal workings of Labour and the petty jealousies these create. Yet as in some hierarchical top down apocalyptic sects councillors like Lou are required to follow a centrally determined agenda even when it no longer serves those who voted for her. I write as one who served as a Labour branch chair.
The Greens on the other hand – and for whom I now generally vote – offer a refreshing change. They favour a more equitable voting system which would allow voters a choice of candidates within parties.
They’re open to restoring the social and cultural rights the Brexit Tories callously and casually ripped away from intelligent young people sadly with tacit Labour support. For me, most importantly, the Greens propose a wealth tax to go some way towards promoting better equality to make society both fairer and safer.
I look forward to Lou being re-elected in the spring and strengthening the progressive voice within Leeds City Council, a body that needs much greater ambition for our city.
- James Bovington, Church Grove, Horsforth